After a lot of thought, as well as discussion with my friends and family, I have decided to throw my hat into the ring and become a candidate for Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins.
This was a tough decision to make for a variety of reasons. I'm vastly under-qualified for the job at hand as I've never served as an assistant or even interned in the NFL. The closest I've come to an NFL locker room was having the opportunity to cover Miami Dolphins training camp last season.
I'm also only 28 years old, which means most of the players are going to be either the same age as I am or a little bit older. I understand that it might be a problem for me if I fail to get their respect, but I promise that if the Dolphins do hire me, I will do what it takes.
In reality, Miami won't be worse off with me as head coach than they would be with anyone else as long as Jeff Ireland is their general manager.
Jeff Fisher refused to take the Dolphins job mainly because of Ireland's involvement. Miami has tried to say that Ireland's place in the organization wasn't a factor, but I'm pretty sure this statement speaks to the contrary:
"My decision was very, very simple, it was based on a shared collective vision in restoring this franchise to a place of significance. It was that vision that made my decision very, very easy."
Based off of that quote, that either means that the Dolphins don't want to restore themselves to a place of significance or is the perfect back-handed jab at Ireland. Either way it doesn't bode well for Miami.
So instead of taking second interviews with their three finalists—Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, interim coach Todd Bowles or Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin (the only coach that gives me any modicum of hope because he would likely sign Packers back up quarterback Matt Flynn)—Miami should be bold and take a chance by hiring me.
Odds are, the Miami Dolphins aren't going to be good this season.
Worse, they're finding themselves slipping in relevance in Miami where they've reigned as kings of the pro sports landscape in South Florida up until the arrival of Miami's three kings and may find themselves looking up at the potentially explosive, in more ways than one, Miami Marlins.
While slipping in popularity might have to do with the Dolphins not being any good, there's also the fact that they haven't even been interesting.
Bad and boring isn't the way to excite the fanbase. If you're not going to be good, at least be interesting.
The Dolphins hiring me as head coach will at least be that. HBO will swarm Davie to begin filming Hard Knocks, and Dolphins fans will have something to talk about. It will become the biggest story in the NFL (well, at least the most interesting) and will grab attention.
Well, I actually have one request if Miami wants me to take over as head coach.
Get rid of Jeff Ireland. I'd like final say over personnel too with total control over just one:
Finding a quarterback.
That would be my first priority, and should be the Dolphins' priority. It's part of the reason why Fisher took the St. Louis job; they already had their quarterback, and with the right quarterback, any coach will wind up looking like the "next Don Shula."
But if recent history, not just of the Jeff Ireland-era but the Miami Dolphins as a whole, is any guide, the quarterback position will be neglected in the offseason once again.
The excuses will be numerous: we didn't have the cap room for Flynn (which would be false), the Rams wanted too much for the number two pick (again false; Robert Griffin III is worth trading up for) or some other lame excuse so that Ireland can draft his offensive tackle with our first round pick.
It doesn't matter who Miami's next head coach is. With Jeff Ireland in charge, be ready for Dolphins fans to go through this same movie once again next season; only this time the 'Phins will also be looking for a general manager as well.
Hopefully then the Dolphins will give me an interview for that position.
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